Project Censored interviews William Pepper, King Family Attorney, on the evidence at the 50th Anniversary of the Murder of Martin Luther King

The Plot to Kill King” – Project Censored Radio Show on KPFA PACIFICA in Berkeley, CA 4-06-18. Mickey Huff and Ken Burroughs of San Francisco University interview William Pepper, author of three books about the Murder of Martin Luther King.

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Book Cover: The Plot to Kill King published 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing
William Pepper explains that he met Dr King because King wanted to speak with him about his reporting from Vietnam, particularly due to his photos published in Ramparts Magazine in 1967 showing the effect of the war on the children of Vietnam. Pepper got to know the family as a result of his first book in 1995, Orders To Kill. The King family and William Pepper visited James Earl Ray in prison. They were convinced that he was not the killer. They came to believe that he had not acted out of racist hatred toward MLK, but rather as a patsy in a large conspiracy involving criminals in and out of government. Efforts to get a new trial and medical help for James Earl Ray failed, and he died in prison.

The King family decided to file a civil trial in Memphis in 1999. William Pepper was the lawyer for the King family in their civil trial victory at which a unanimous jury of 6 whites and 6 blacks convicted former Memphis cop Loyd Jowers and “unnamed government co-conspirators” for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper’s second book was released in 2003 on Verso Books. It tells about what came out in the trial and was put into the public historical record. The transcripts from the trial can be read at the King Center website.

The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia USA King Family Statement & Transcripts from the Assassination Conspiracy Trial Victory in Memphis in 1999

My song highlights some of the most disturbing items that came out in the trial, and my video used the photos from that book with permission of William Pepper. The song bears the same title as the book, “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King”. The recording with Eric Golub on violin from the 2016 “Truth Troubadour” CD was aired on this program from 17:34 to 22:20 on Project Censored – The Plot To Kill King 4-06-18.

An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2013) (5:31) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel

William Pepper is the author of three books about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The interview moves on to discuss what he discovered in his third and last book, which was published in 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing. The third book is titled The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

William Pepper claims that an enormous amount of additional information has been gathered since the second book published 15 years earlier. Project Censored Guest Host, Ken Burroughs asks Dr. Pepper about the new revelations about how Dr King died that are in his last book. Dr. Pepper names the shooter as Memphis cop Frank Strausser. He names the doctor in the hospital who smothered Dr. King under a pillow as Dr. Breen Bland. He tells the sources for this information. He names other “co-conspirators” who were already named in his last MLK book.

William Pepper was the keynote speaker at the annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival on 9-11-17 in Oakland, CA, which is sponsored by the Northern CA 9/11 Truth Alliance. All the films and speakers were live-streamed and archived by No Lies Radio at their Vimeo channel. Click on the photo to go to the part 6 section archive where William Pepper is the keynote speaker afterbeing introduced by Bonnie Faulkner, host of the Guns & Butter Radio show, which is also broadcast from KPFA PACIFICA in Berkeley, CA. 

William Pepper and Vic Sadot chat in the lobby of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA on 9-17-17. He’s receiving the “Truth Troubadour” CD that has the song “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King” as song #6 of 18 on the Dec 2016 CD Baby release.

Dr. William F. Pepper – Keynote Speaker “9/11 Truth Film Festival” 9-11-2017 Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California (52 min/27 sec) No Lies Radio Vimeo Archive 

Note from William Pepper to Vic Sadot for writing this song about his second of three books about the murder of Dr Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. The re-make video with Eric Golub in the studio soundtrack was done in 2013. The master-mix of the song was finally released on Dec 19, 2017 on the “Truth Troubadour” CD at CD Baby:
Thanks so much for the effort you and others are making in the common struggle to air the truth about how this Republic, and each one of us, lost Martin. Thank you for taking the time to put some important history into a ballad. This, of course, is the role of the Balladeer without whom much of history would be lost, especially in our time with the consolidation of control of the mainstream media. I am grateful.” Bill Pepper

WHO KILLED MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND WHY? By William Pepper, Published at Popular Resistance 4-02-18 by Kevin Zeese 



SAVE OUR US CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED US POSTAL SERVICE! This is one more symptom of the Corporate Empire System’s drive to privatize everything on Earth! Now the target is your local Post Office! The “Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee” and the City of Berkeley will appeal the USPS decision to sell the beautiful and historic main Berkeley Post Office, and they encourage everyone to write and join their actions. From Georgetown to Santa Monica, the USPS is shamelessly selling historic post offices that were entrusted to it as our great and familiar public cultural and architectural heritage. “Save the Berkeley Post Office” is working with the “National Post Office Collaborate” to take joint legal action with other communities to stop these sales. The US Post Office is absurdly being required to pay its pension fund 75 years in advance. This deliberate destabilization policy must be stopped! Without this requirement, the post office is actually making a profit. C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE) chaired by Richard Blum has an exclusive contract to sell USPS properties. Billionaire Blum is a University of California regent and is married to Democratic Party establishment Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Update 9-20-13 Major Cover Story Coverage of US Post Office Sales Scandal in the East Bay Express feature article from the new e-book by Peter Byrne.  Anne Feeney Cheers Berkeley Activists with Movement Songs!

National award-winning investigative journalist Peter Byrne reports that the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices – often to his own business partners. Richard C. Blum is the chairman of CBRE Group Inc., the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. In 2011, the Postal Service awarded Blum’s company an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Byrne’s in-depth investigation details the many apparent conflicts of interests driving the CBRE deals. It brings to light a scathing government audit of Blum’s contract that is being ignored by the Obama administration. The investigation reveals how Senator Feinstein pressured the Postmaster General to stop a postal construction project, and to favor the interests of a developer working with her husband’s firm. Byrne explains why the Post Office is not really broke and how powerful forces on Capitol Hill are angling to franchise the U.S. Mail monopoly. We learn that the post office executives in charge of Blum’s contract have been up to a financial shenanigans of their own. This is first class investigative reporting on a vital issue of the day that you will not find anywhere else. Read the East Bay Express article. Buy the book “Going Postal” by Peter Byrne kindle edition for just $2.99 at Amazon.

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The amazing peoples’ singer Anne Feeney came rolling through Berkeley a few weeks ago. On August 31, 2013 Anne was ready to hit the road to LA, but she came out to help the coalition fighting to keep the local post office from the New Deal era. See Save the Berkeley Post Office Facebook page. The city administration was remarkably supportive of this struggle. That’s Dave Welsh at right in the photo. He sang topical and inspirational labor songs and played keyboards with Anne. This attack on the very security and comfort of local geography and landmarks of our culture like the gracious Berkeley Post Office are simply part of a rigged corporate system gone global in its effort of Privatize All the Commonwealth Inheritance of All the People of the Earth. An occupation of the Berkeley Post Office area went on for months, including tents, music jam sing-outs, and outdoor movies with lots of healthy food from Food Not Bombs! Numerous rallies like the one that Anne attended on Aug 31, 2013. Here’s Anne Feeney’s Facebook Page!

Anne Feeney sings out from the steps of the Berkeley CA Post Office. Dave Welsh at right, one of the key organizers of the Anti-Privatization Rally on Aug 31, 2013

Anne Feeney sings out from the steps of the Berkeley CA Post Office. Dave Welsh at right, one of the key organizers of the Anti-Privatization Rally on Aug 31, 2013

Visit and Subscribe at the Save the Berkeley Post Office website 


See the new flash mob live video production coordinated by Hali Hammer! “Mr Postman Our Post Office Is Not For Sale!!!!”  Across the country, over 3700 post offices are at the risk of closure, including many historic buildings with New Deal public art. George W. Bush signed legislation in 2006 that destroyed the financial stability of the Postal Service and laid the groundwork for its privatization. Freddie Gorman (April 11, 1939 — June 13, 2006), who wrote the original lyric to “Please Mr. Postman”, was a retired letter carrier in Detroit MI both before and after the hit song. Hey, I’m in there top right around 1:57 into the song in my straw show hat! (Vic Sadot). What a great parody with purpose by Hali Hammer!


Breaking News at “Save The Berkeley Post Office” website! USPS WILL ABIDE BY THEIR OWN RULES: “In a surprise development Monday, the Postal Service tacked up an announcement at the Berkeley Main Post Office that appeals on the sale & relocation must be postmarked by May 22, 2013. When the USPS approved the sale & relocation of our historic post office, they set an appeal deadline of May 7th. We cried foul and noted that fifteen days was not consistent with USPS regulations, was not the practice on the east coast and was a policy applied only in California. When we asked the Postal Regulatory Commission they said the USPS has the discretion to use either fifteen or thirty days. Then Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office asked the question. And now Berkeley has the thirty days it is entitled to by USPS regulations.”

Anyone may appeal this decision in writing. An appeal must be postmarked by May 22, 2013, and mailed to:

Vice President, Facilities
Facilities Implementation – Pacific Area
1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200
San Francisco CA 94188-0200 


David Slivka was the sculptor of the 1937 limestone bas-relief on the east end of the entrance porch to the Berkeley Main Post Office. The center figure in back is holding a package addressed: “From: D.S. To: All Mankind, Truth Abode on Freedom Road.” Slivka used his mentor, Ralph Stackpole, as the model for the foreground center figure who is stooping to pick up a mail sack.